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Summer Programs - Discovery Head Counselor - Coding Workshop

Job Details

The Potomac School - McLean, VA


The Head Counselor is a seasonal position that reports to the Director of the Discovery Camp. This program will run from June 26-August 4, 2023 (no camp on July 3 and 4) and the expected hours of work are 8:30 am -3:30 pm, Monday-Friday. The Head Counselor is an integral part of the Summer Camp Staff and plays a vital role in making summer camp a safe, fun and enriching experience for the campers. 


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Create and implement weekly curriculum and schedules. Plan, lead and supervise daily age appropriate activities for the Discovery Coding workshop. This workshop focuses on exploring the world of coding, allowing  campers' imagination and creativity to grow using Python. 

  • Actively participate in all camp activities to help build relationships with campers.

  • Supervise campers at all times, including lunch time, prioritizing their well being and safety.

  • Follow all safety protocols and procedures established by Summer@Potomac.

  • Cleaning, maintaining and ensuring proper use of Summer@Potomac facilities and equipment.

  • Use positive and proactive techniques to resolve any camper behavioral issues. If needed, report such issues to the Discovery Camp Director.

  • Report any injuries or sickness to the Discovery Camp Director.

  • Serve as a mentor and trainer to the Assistant Counselors. 

  • Participate in staff orientations, pre-camp staff training, preparations for camp opening and meetings.

  • Obtain licenses or certifications required (if needed) for the job before the camp season begins.

  • Adhere to the procedures and policies outlined in the Summer@Potomac Handbook.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Must be 21 years of age and possess a high school diploma or the equivalent.

  • Previous experience as a counselor, teacher, child care or a related field.

  • Strong organizational and communication skills.

  • Responsible, energetic, enthusiastic and have a positive attitude.

  • Physical ability to participate in activities with campers (run, sit on the floor, walk and stand for longer periods of time).

  • Ability to recognize and respond to individual and cultural differences within a diverse population of campers and staff.

  • All employment offers are contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background investigation which involves fingerprinting and TB screening.


In striving to fulfill its mission, The Potomac School seeks many different voices, viewpoints, and backgrounds. We recognize that differences are a source of strength, and we know that everyone is enriched when each person's contributions and perspectives are valued.